This talk will take up the intellectual formation of Foster’s generation of theorists & historians, the question of “the contemporary,” & critique in a post-critical age.
Hal Foster is Townsend Martin Class of 1917 Professor of Art and Archaeology and Professor of Architecture at Princeton. Recent books include The First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha (Princeton, 2012), The Art-Architecture Complex (Vero, 2011); Art Since 1900 (Thames & Hudson, 2004), a co-authored textbook on 20th-century art; Prosthetic Gods (MIT, 2004), concerning the relation between modernism and psychoanalysis; and Design and Crime (2002), on problems in contemporary art, architecture, and design. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foster won the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing in 2010. He writes regularly for October (which he co-edits), Artforum, and The London Review of Books.
About The Speakers Series: Each semester the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College hosts a regular program of lectures by the foremost artists, curators, art historians, and critics of our day, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Lectures are open to students and faculty, as well as to the general public, and will also be documented through video and/or audio recordings, which will reside in the CCS Bard Library and Archives